“Don’t Take Anything Personally.”
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
If you didn’t see last week’s post, check this out first.
On the mat, if we find we can’t do a pose or we can’t do it at the level that we’d like to today, we can make the agreement with ourselves to not take that personally. We’re not letting a pose affect our mood. Because whether you can do the most challenging pose in the sequence or not, after Savasana, we all walk out of yoga class feeling similar. Our nervous systems are regulated, we are reconnected to what’s most important to us in our lives and whether or not we did “that pose” doesn’t really matter because that’s not one of the lasting lessons that comes from a consistent yoga practice. There’s no need to take your physical experience of the poses and make it into something bigger than it is. If we’re not thrilled with the current state of our practice, we don’t have to be cruel to ourselves, we don’t have to take it personally or harp on it. And if you see someone else doing a pose that you wish you could do, wish them well! Try practicing for the sake of practice. It’s a beautiful buy generic xenical online thing.
And, of course, off the mat, I think we’d have a tremendously different world if none of us took anything personally. People are speaking and acting out based on their own experiences and their own wounds. It has very little to do with us. All we can control is how we show up. If we are impeccable with our words and we don’t take anything that other say or do personally, then we open ourselves up to the possibility of experiencing a lot of freedom and happiness because we’re not seeking validation from other people.
This is in perfect alignment with the goals of yoga– tapping into that lasting contentment that comes from within, that can’t be taken away from us.
I think many of us understand this agreement in theory, but may have a hard time putting it into practice when necessary. Can you think of a time when you took something personally and it effected your entire day? Or week? Or more! It may be helpful to remember that our time is precious and we choose how to spend it. When you experience feelings of insecurity or fear of rejection, what coping skills do you use that help you move through those emotions so they don’t rule your life? Please share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.
Thank you for reading! ~ Megan